We’re all familiar with Spring Cleaning but there is also a lesser-know tradition we call Fall Re-fresh. And, since we have been designing and creating decks since 1988, we feel qualified to share ways to refresh your deck!
A re-fresh should start with a deep clean—right? Early or late fall (before or after the leaves come tumbling down) are the ideal times to clean your deck after a summer of heavy use. Move everything off the deck, rent a power washer or simply use warm water and dish detergent. A stiff broom can also do the trick when paired with a cleaning solution made for decks. This shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours unless your deck needs refinishing. You’ll need at least 48 hours after the refinish to use the deck, but you’ll love the results!
Focus on pieces made from fiberglass, wood, metal, or glass because they are great outdoor options. Consider adding spotlights to highlight the art when you entertain in the evening. If your choice is on a canvas, make sure it is treated to be weather-resistant. Hint: try and keep your pieces out of direct sunlight to ensure their integrity and beauty.
Cooler fall weather means even more quality time on your deck, so why not give it an evening glow with outdoor lighting? Solar string lights come in unique designs and provide a festive feel, or scatter a few lanterns on your deck for a more subtle effect. Add step lights along the edges to keep everyone safe when the lights are low.
Update your seat cushions for the season by choosing replacements in orange, red, yellow, or brown. Add pumpkins (and if you want to be different, make them white). Or mix traditional orange with white. Don’t forget new throw blankets to keep you warm when temperatures drop.
Porch.com has an excellent article on home renovation including decks for backyards and side yards. It includes tips on pre-planning, deck warranties, structure, entertaining, etc. Read more by clicking on this link.
Adding a pergola above all or a section of your deck can give you the shade you desire while adding beauty and dimension to your outdoor haven. To make it as easy as possible, give us a call at 770-781-4641 or fill out our contact form and we’ll design and build a pergola that checks all your boxes and transforms your deck into your family’s favorite hangout spot this fall.